SWEET & FLUFFY BELGIAN WAFFLES – BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
November 28, 2019
I have always had a sweet-spot for waffles and was SO EXCITED to make traditional Belgian waffles from scratch in the heart of Brussels! There are different varieties of waffles, there are even two main types in Belgium alone: Brussels waffles and Liège waffles.
This is an authentic recipe for Brussels waffles, which are rectangular in shape, in comparison to round Liège waffles. Brussels waffles are also crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – which you will discover with this recipe!
The History of the Belgian Waffle
The word “waffle” exists in Belgian literature as far back as 1604, but the actual waffle industry became most prominent in the early 19th century, with Belgian waffles crossing international lines and becoming the star of the World Fair in New York City in 1964.
Belgian waffles are made with a lightweight batter and have large, deep squares – perfect for puddles of chocolate sauce! Initially baked with yeast, today’s waffles now use baking powder and are a common breakfast food.
Toppings for Belgian waffles vary from the traditional, primarily powdered sugar, to the more exciting! Belgian people would most likely say that powdered sugar and fruit are the only acceptable topping options. They would probably recoil in disgust if they knew that I drench my waffles in Lotus speculoos spread!
Other toppings for these waffles can include chocolate sauce, whipped cream, syrup and of course the infamous Nutella!
Whatever you choose to decorate your waffles with, the common consensus is that waffles are delicious, heavenly treats! There should be a day each year where we celebrate this scrumptious dessert and give it the damn respect it deserves!
Oh wait, that actually exists – March the 25th to be exact, so mark those calendars and dust off your waffle iron!
For this recipe, I have bought you an authentic waffles learned in the Waffle Workshop cooking class in Brussels, Belgium. It is sweet, light and fluffy – the perfect way to start and finish your day – or for any time in between!
I hope you enjoy these beautiful Belgian waffles! Let us know if you make any additions or substitutions. Waffles can always be adapted to suit a variety of health and dietary needs!